Pixelmator is among the best Photoshop options offered on the Mac App Store. I’ve been utilizing it for rather a long time now, but primarily simply utilizing a trackpad or mouse to control layers, gain access to devices and edit functions. There are lots of keyboard shortcuts. And if I had the time or patience to learn them all, I would have. Needless to say, I didn’t. So when I got the chance to have a look at EditorsKeys keyboard particularly designed for Pixelmator, I jumped at it.

To cut it down to the really fundamentals – – This is essentially a wired Apple keyboard with numeric keypad. Except it has custom-made essential decals to plainly label the Pixelmator keyboard shortcuts, making photo and image editing much quicker and simpler. Put simply: If you make use of Pixelmator on Mac and you do not currently have a grasp of all the faster ways, you should get this keyboard.

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Develop quality of the keyboard is precisely the like Apple’s keyboard, since that’s exactly what it is. It’s a tilted aluminum sheet with a plastic base. The raised area, or stand on the back has two USB ports, one on either side to allow you to connect added USB 2.0 peripherals when it’s convenient. That indicates utilizing this and typing on it every day is exactly the same as if you ‘d spent ₤ 39 ($ 49USD) and bought an Apple keyboard without customized keys.


However this evaluation is essentially about the decals, how beneficial they are and how well they’ve been applied. And it’s on that front I have to judge the Pixelmator Keyboard. I need to state, I’m amazed. Mostly.

In my time examining phones and devices for phones and computers, I’ve applied a number of different type of skins, decals and screen protectors to numerous products. I can safely state, getting them absolutely perfect is hard. I have actually even used sticker labels to keyboards before, and I’ve ended up peeling them off since I couldn’t stand the feel of them. I ‘d often leave a small bit of the sticker’s edge not rather flush with the keys, and catch them whenever I typed. That’s not the case with the Pixelmator keyboard. The decals don’t feel like sticker labels at all. It seems like typing on a typical keyboard. Which’s very outstanding.

In a blind test, there’s no way you ‘d even see that they’re simply fancy sticker labels.


Even when you look closely at the edge of the secrets, it appears like these are just customized buttons stuck in to the metal Apple frame. The only thing that gave the game away was the hole left for the CAPS button’s green LED light. It had not been fairly exact, so you might see it had something stuck over it.

Shortcuts are clearly displayed in two kinds. Main faster ways are merely images, or icons on the secrets. For instance, the crop tool (on the C button) is clearly the crop icon, matching the design of the crop icon in Pixelmator’s device kit.

Secondary faster ways, i.e. those which require the CMD secret to be pressed all at once, are suggested making use of red text. I found those hard to discover, particularly when there was light reflecting off the secrets from overhead light bulbs. Red isn’t really easy to see on black, specifically when the typeface is so little. I think, in this scenario, yellow may have been a much better choice. It would contrast much better with black, and is different enough from the white main text to be noticeable.

While I’m nit-picking, it ‘d likewise be fantastic to have actually slightly sharper printed icons and text. Look very closely, and it’s ever so somewhat fuzzy. Like I state, this is actually nit-picking. From my regular point of view (sitting at my desk and looking down) I cannot tell there’s any fuzziness at all.

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It’s not an ideal keyboard. At least, not for me. I ‘d much rather have these decals used to among Apple’s wireless keyboards and ditch the extra width necessary for the cursors and number pad. It ‘d also eliminate the cable television, which I also happen not to like very much. But that’s simply individual choice. I prefer the smaller sized, wireless keyboards to the huge wired ones. They take up less space, are much easier to move around and there are no cable televisions messying my desk surface.

The long and short of it is that this keyboard setup saved me a lot of time. Exactly what’s more, it made it unbelievably simple to hide and reveal set tools in Pixelmator which would typically be obstructing my view. For the benefit and time saved alone, this is a must purchase for anybody who utilizes the image modifying software regularly. If anything, it gets you acquainted with all the useful faster ways.

You can purchase the Pixelmator keyboard for Mac from EditorsKeys.com for ₤ 79.99 ($ 125USD) plus shipping, below ₤ 109.99 ($ 172USD). The business likewise offers custom keyboards for popular image, audio and video modifying software application like PhotoShop, Final Cut and Logic Pro.

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